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years before his death at his native Stratford. His pleasurable wit and good-nature engaged him in the acquaintance, and entitled him to the friendship, of the gentlemen of the neighbourhood.

He died on his birth-day, the 23d of April, 1616, in the 53d year of his age, and was buried on the north side of the chancel, in the great church at Stratford, where a monument is plac'd in the wall, representing him under an arch in a sitting poiture, a cushion spread before him, with a pen in his right hand, and his left refted on a scroll of paper. Beneath #s the following infcription:

Judicio Pylium, genio Socratem, arte Maronem, Terra tegit, populus mæret, Olympus habet. Stay, passenger, why dost thou go so fast? Read, if thou can'lt, whom envious Death hath plac'd * Within this monument ; Shakspeare, with whom

Quick Nature dy'd, whose name doth deck the tomb, 'Far more than cost; since all that he hath writ, • Leaves living Ari but page to serve his wit.'

On his grave-stone underneath is,
. Good friends, for Jesus' fake forbear
To dig the dust inclosed here.

Bleit be the man that spares these stones, • And curs'd be he that moves my bones.' He had three daughters, of which two lived to be married; Judith, the elder, to one Mr. Thomas Quiney, by whom the had three sons, who all died without children; and Susannah, who was his favourite, to Dr. John Hall, a physician of good reputation in that. country. She left one child only, a daughter, who was marry'd first to Thomas Nafi, Esq; and afterwards to Sir John Bernard, of Abington. By the former of thefe gentlemen, she had likewise a daughter, who marsied Sir Reginald Foster, of Warwickshire, and from her is lineally descended the present Nicholas Franklyn Miller, of Hide-hall, in Hertfordshire; the only remaining descendant of our immortal author. Thecharacter of Shakspeare, as a man, is best feen in


his writings : but since Ben Fonfon has made a sort of anessay towards it in his Discoveries, I will give it in his words.

I remember the players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakspeare, that in writing (whatfoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My an-. fwer had been, Would he had blotted a thousand! which they thought a malevolent speech. I had not told poiterity this, but for their ignorance, who chose that circumstance to commend thcir friend by, wherein he most faulted; and to justify mine own candour; for I loved the man, and do honour his memory, on this side idolatry, as much as any. He was, indeed, honelt, and of an open and frec nature; had an excellent fancy, brave notions, and gentle expreffions; wherein he fowed with that facility, that sometimes it was necessary he should be stopp'd : Suffiaminandus erat, as Augustus said of Haterius.

His wit was in his own power : would the rule of it had been so too! Many times he fell into these things which could not escape laughter; as when he said in the person of Cæfar, one speaking to him,

Cafar thou doft me wrong,” He reply'd,

Casar did never wrong, but with just cause;"> and such like, which were ridiculous. But he redeemed his vices with his virtues. There was rever more in him to be praised, than to be pardoned.”

As an author, his character has been so often drawn by the most eminent writers of the times, that I mall only add what Dr. Young fays of him in his Conje&tures on Original Composition. -“Shakspeare mingled no water with his wine, lowered his genius by no vapid imitation. Shakspeare gave us a Shakspeare, nor could the first in ancient fame have given us

Shakspeare is not their son, but brother; their equal; and that in spite of all his faults. Think you this too bold? Confider, in those ancients, what is it the world admires? Not the fewness of their faults, but the number and brightness of their beauties; and if ShakSpeare is their equal (as he doubtless is) in that which


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in them is admir'd, then is Shakspeare as great as they ; and not impotence, but some other cause must be charged with his defects.

When we are setting these great men in competition, what but the comparative size of their genius is the subject of our enquiry: and a giant loses nothing of his fize, though he should chance to trip in his race. But it is a compliment to those heroes of antiquity, to suppose Shakspeare their equal only in dramatic powers; therefore, though his faults had been greater, the scale would still turn in his favour. There is at least as much genius on the British, as on the Grecian stage, though the former is not swept so clean ; so clean from violations, not only of the dramatic, but moral rule; for an honest heathen, on reading some of our celebrated scenes, might be reriously concerned to see that our obligations to the relie ligion of Nature were cancelled by Christianity."




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